Sunday, February 20, 2005

Wasn't it funny to watch Peter Beattie walking around the city centre with his fleet of body guards? He looked completely out of his element - jumping back and going "whoa!" when some drunk bloke went to shake his hand (to be fair, that clip was aired repeatedly). Before this week I'd never even considered that the CBD was particularly unsafe at night, and suddenly the news is full of hype suggesting Anarchy in Brisbane. An Aboriginal kid who'd heard one too many "paint-sniffing" jokes kicked a guy in the head and then had his face plastered across the Courier Mail. I've had to walk home from the city after work in the wee hours many times and never felt at risk of anything more serious than panhandling. Of course, I am male, 6'4", and sober most of the time. Plus I wear cheap shoes. From all conversations I've had with taxi drivers I had the impression that the suburban nightspots were the places to be avoided. But then, of course the drinking culture is to blame! And how can we tackle that brainteaser? We could further regulate alcohol advertising, or raise alcohol taxes... and risk hurting the massive industry in Queensland. No. You need to shoulder the responsibility yourself.

Anyways... I love this new installation on the side of the QUT Creative Industries building. It's a smiling woman's face with her fingers at the corners of her mouth. The image seems to stretch as you approach it along Kelvin Grove Road.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Brisvegas Bloggers meetup

There is a bloggers meetup being organised for Friday 25th at Rics Cafe in the Valley at 6PM.
Full details on the meetup website.

Sunday, February 13, 2005


i've posted quite a few brisbane photos lately, thought i'd share... :)

Thursday, February 10, 2005

It's got me in its grip

Back in September, jean, the founder of this fine community blog went and did something that changed my life. She created the Brisbanites group on flickr, which, on a whim, I decided to join. Little did I know what was in store for me.

That group, as well as flickr itself, ignited a passion in me. Photography has now become an important part of my life, and has changed the way I do things. My camera is with me everywhere I go, and I find myself looking at things in different ways. Brisbane has almost been "reborn" in my mind, as I look at things I see everyday and see them in a new light. I become intent on capturing "the moment" and "the spirit". I find myself planning daytrips to various places, thinking of photos I want to take, and elements of the city I want to capture.

Of course, it's more than just Brisbane. Plants, animals, macro photography, builings, cars, whatever, it has all gained new life. Even a simple table becomes and item of wonder when looked at from a new angle.

So, a big and public thanks to jean from me!

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